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Authorized Bootleg: 38 Special (Live Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY - Jan 29, 1985)

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Album Review

When .38 Special performed at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on January 28, 1985, they weren’t exactly at the peak of their career, but they weren’t in a valley either. A few years removed from the breakthrough 1981 album Wild-Eyed Southern Boys, the sextet was in the process of slowly stripping away the Southern elements from its sound, turning toward an arena rock that was quite appealing when it came to the 1984 hit “Back Where You Belong” but less so on 1986’s Strength in Numbers. This concert — released as part of Universal’s ongoing Authorized Bootleg series — was given between those two events and it does feel like a transition: the material is strong but the performances veer toward the smoothly professional. It’s still entertaining, particularly when the group performs its biggest hits.

Customer Reviews

38 special

good southern style 70"s rock meets 80's rock.

Authorized Bootleg

Yes, I was born in 1969 and yes, I love .38 Special. They rock. Fantastic collection. Caught Up in You is and always will be my favorite song of theirs. If you get a chance to see them live, they are great!

Hold On Loosely

This was not the best version of the song. I would not have purchased if I had know it was a concert version. The studio version has better sound quality.

Biography

Formed: 1975 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially, .38 Special were one of many Southern rock bands in the vein of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd; in fact, the band was led by Donnie Van Zant, the brother of Skynyrd's leader, Ronnie Van Zant. After releasing a couple of albums of straight-ahead Southern boogie, the band revamped its sound to fall halfway between country-fried blues-rock and driving, arena-ready hard rock. The result was a string of hit albums and singles in the early '80s, highlighted by "Caught Up in You," "If...
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